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  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers...

    The defensive effort that Los Alamos girls basketball coach Josh Archuleta was looking for came at a good time.
    The Hilltoppers created hustle plays and intensity on defense to claim their biggest win of the season, a 44-41 overtime win against District 2-5A leaders Albuquerque Academy on Monday night at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos improved to 6-15 overall and won its first district game. The Hilltoppers also ended an eight-game winning streak for Academy, which fell to 15-5 overall and lost for the first time in district play.
    “That’s what it says about this team,” Archuleta said. “This team finally came out and believed in themselves. We told them they have to bring up the intensity every single quarter. It comes down to... do we believe in one another to excel and be the team that we know we can be? And that just happened here tonight.”
    The Hilltoppers set the tempo in the overtime period and started the period on an 8-0 run. Los Alamos’ defense didn’t allow Academy to find high percentage shots and forced several Charger turnovers. Academy didn’t score in overtime until the 52-second mark but a pair of free throw cut the Hilltoppers lead to 42-39. Los Alamos put the game away with a bucket on the other end.

  • LA boys hoops top SF High

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team is winning close games at the right time.
    After claiming an impressive 52-49 comeback victory against Belen on Friday, the Hilltoppers defeated Santa Fe High 55-53 in overtime on Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    After Saturday’s win, Los Alamos improved to 8-6 overall and claimed its third straight victory. The Hilltoppers traveled to face Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.
    Not only will the wins result in resume builders, but they will also contribute towards confidence for Los Alamos, as District 2-5A play begins in less than a week.
    ‘Toppers edge Demons in OT
    This season, a win against Santa Fe High is a Class 6A win that any team would want.
    And the Hilltoppers got that win by outscoring the Demons 10-8 in the overtime period. During that run, Antonio Trujillo hit a 3-pointer to give the Hilltoppers a lead that it didn’t relinquish.
     

  • Topper girls drop finale in Aztec

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team dropped an opportunity on Saturday to finish a regular season tournament on a high note.
    After holding Piedra Vista to only 10 points in the first half, the Hilltoppers were outscored 33-7 in the second half and fell 43-28 in the third place game of the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec.
    The Hilltoppers still led with two minutes left in the third quarter but a Piedra Vista bucket gave the Panthers a 24-23 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
    In the second round on Friday, Los Alamos fell to host Aztec 61-33.
    The Hilltoppers allowed 17 points in the first half, before falling apart defensively in the second half and allowing 44 points. Los Alamos also led 18-17 at the half but struggled on offense in the final 16 minutes and was limited to 15 points.
    Los Alamos moved to 4-12 overall after the tournament and hosted Taos on Tuesday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s Wednesday print deadline.     
     

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers...

    This time Los Alamos didn’t shy away in the fourth quarter.

    Down 44-34 entering the final quarter, Los Alamos hit crucial shots and made defensive stops to pick up a big 52-49 win at Belen on Friday night. 

    “That was probably as patient as we’ve been all year,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “Usually when we get down six or eight points, we try to win it with our next shot. Tonight, they were really patient, got really good shots and even got three 3’s in a row in one stretch. We didn’t panic so much when we got behind.”

    The Hilltoppers had every excuse to panic being down by 10 with eight minutes remaining. But instead, Los Alamos executed on offense, including back-to-back 3’s from Ramon Roybal and Jack Stewart that cut Belen’s lead to 46-42 with 6:20 left in the game.

    A contested jumper from Anthony Trujillo gave Los Alamos its first lead of the second half, 48-47 with 1:25 remaining. After Trujillo’s go ahead jumper, the Hilltoppers managed to keep the Eagles from getting good looks and with 30 seconds left, Cade Gasway rejected a Belen attempt to tie it. The Eagles got a decent look from 3-point range but the shot was off the mark.

  • LA, Taos hockey faces off for...

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers hockey team has one more contest remaining for the 2016-17 season.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Taos Ice Tigers tonight for the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League’s pure team championship.
    The league includes nine teams, but seven of those are composite teams – teams that draw players from more than one high school. Only Los Alamos and Taos draw all their players from the same school.
    The pure team championship is set for 7:15 p.m. tonight at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos and Taos are longtime rivals and battle it out each season for the North Star Trophy, a traveling trophy currently in the possession of the Hilltoppers.
    The Hilltoppers won their most recent meeting, which occurred last Saturday during the NMIIHL’s Year-End Tournament, played this year in El Paso, Texas. El Paso hosts one of three out-of-state teams that play in the New Mexico league.
    The Hilltoppers and the Ice Tigers met in an elimination game at the Year-End Tournament. In that game, the Hilltoppers came back from a late deficit to win it 5-4.
    Los Alamos wouldn’t survive its next elimination game, however, falling to Amarillo, Texas, 4-2 Sunday.

  • The Latest: Broncos sign Cowboys...

    The Latest on NFL free agency (all times Eastern):
    5:05 p.m.
    The Denver Broncos have signed a former Dallas Cowboys player in free agency. It wasn't Tony Romo as so many fans were anticipating, but guard Ronald Leary.
    Although the Broncos have been mentioned as a prime landing spot should the Cowboys part ways with Romo, Denver GM John Elway is happy with the two young QBs he has in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch.
    What he's trying to do is fortify his offensive line, the primary culprit in Denver's slide from Super Bowl champ to missing the playoffs last season.
    Leary will fly to Denver on Friday to sign his four-year, $35 million deal that includes $20 million guaranteed. He's expected to slide in at left guard with Max Garcia moving over to battle it out with Michael Schofield on the right side.
    With the emergence of La'el Collins and several big contracts along one of the top lines in the NFL, the Cowboys couldn't afford to keep Leary, who turns 28 next month.
    — Arnie Stapleton reporting from Denver.

    5:01 p.m. ET
    The Green Bay Packers have re-signed linebacker Nick Perry, bringing back an important piece to their defense.
    Perry had a breakout season in 2016, with a career-high 11 sacks in 14 games.

  • ‘Topper baseball set for season...

    The Los Alamos baseball team begins its 2017 campaign with a tough doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers will visit Sandia Prep Saturday and will play the Sundevils at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    The defending Class 4A state champion Sundevils are coming off a 27-4 season, where they won their second consecutive state title. However, Sandia Prep started the 2017 season with a 12-3 loss against St. Pius Tuesday.  
    Los Alamos lost a lot of talent from its 2016 squad but does have a young rotation of players, combined with eight returners from last year. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 20-9 season and a state quarterfinals appearance.
    James Neal is expected to fill a void in the infield, while Travis Gonzales and Jake Rutton will look to replace last year’s electric starting pitching duo of Connor Mang and Lane Saunders.
    Los Alamos’ top returners will look to guide the team through a challenging schedule that includes participating in two tough regular season tournaments.
    After the season-opening doubleheader, the Hilltoppers will open the St. Pius tournament  March 2 with a matchup against Class 6A contender Las Cruces High. Los Alamos will also play in the tournament the following two days.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA should...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team hasn’t been to the state tournament since 2012.
    That should change Sunday when the New Mexico Activities Association announces its 16-team field for the Class 5A state tournament.
    Los Alamos currently stands at 13-14 overall, finished in fourth place in District 2-5A and was ousted by Del Norte in the second round of the district tournament. Not only should the 13 wins be enough to get the Hilltoppers in, but their win at Belen and against Española Valley will standout to the selection committee.
    Playing in Class 5A’s second toughest district will also enhance Los Alamos’ chances of ending its state tournament drought. The Hilltoppers also got a bit of a boost when Taos had to forfeit eight of its nine wins due to playing an ineligible player. One of those forfeited wins was the Tigers’ triumph over Los Alamos on Jan. 10.   
    The Hilltoppers will likely be on the road for the first round, as the top eight seeds will host first round games. Los Alamos is likely to get a 14, 15 or 16 seed and get matched-up with one of the top three seeds.

    Who will LA see in the first round?

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team fell in the second round of the District 2-5A tournament to Del Norte Tuesday night in Albuquerque.

    Del Norte's 53-40 win sends the Knights to the district tournament semifinals, where they'll face Española Valley on Thursday in Española. The loss moves Los Alamos to 13-14 overall, which will likely be enough to send the Hilltoppers to the state tournament.

    Seeding selections for the state tournament will be made Sunday.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA falls...

    Back-to-back losses to Capital ended the Los Alamos girls basketball season.
    After losing to the Jaguars 42-32 Saturday in the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell in Santa Fe again Monday, dropping a 42-35 decision in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.
    Capital’s win on Saturday assured that it would host the district tournament first round, as Los Alamos fell to last place in the district standings.
    The Jaguars advanced to the second round against Del Norte, while the Hilltoppers end their season with a 6-21 overall record. Capital also topped Los Alamos in the team’s three meetings this season.
    The Hilltoppers will miss the state tournament for the first time in over a decade.
    Los Alamos will lose Elena Abeyta, Isabell Larribas, Sienna Ahlers, Casey Trujillo, Ashley Logan and Shannon Irwin to graduation.